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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Important Geographic and Cartographic Concepts for Beginners to GIS?

I have identified a list of broad geographic and cartographic concepts that are being considered for inclusion into our tool that has begun development. On analysing the interviews with the expert users, in combination with my experience of introducing GIS topics to new users the following concepts are being prioritised.
  • Beginning mapping – the importance of location and scale
  • Geographic data modelling – how representations of reality are created with different GIS data models
  • Cartographic theory – fundamental principles of cartography that aid useful and usable maps to be produced
  • Data generalisation - introduction of types of data generalisation and why it is necessary
  • Data classification
  • Mapping conventions – elements that enhance user understanding of the map
  • Simple spatial analysis – introducing some simple of analysis that can be computed using GIS eg buffers and distance

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